Things to Do in Hong Kong: 30 Experiences for Your Next Visit

30 Things to Do in Hong Kong on Your Next Visit

Make the most of your time in HK by hitting up these attractions and activities!

Hong Kong has consistently been rated as one of the top travel destinations in Asia through the years and it’s not hard to see why. With such a unique mix of tradition and modernity, the metropolitan city is a kaleidoscope of global cultures and experiences.

For the first-time visitor, Hong Kong and its tall skyscrapers may be a little bit intimidating. But rest assured you’ll have a good time when you visit, what with all the sights, food, and other attractions this city has to offer. To help make your trip there a little easier, here’s a list of awesome things to do in Hong Kong. 

Things to do in Hong Kong you shouldn’t miss

1. Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak for an unforgettable night view

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If you thought Hong Kong was beautiful during the day, then wait until you see the whole city at night! Victoria Peak is the most famous night-viewing spot among travellers, and you get to hop on a tram and watch the city become smaller as you ride to the top. 

Alternatively, if you don’t find yourself in the same area as Victoria Peak, there are a few other spots that are worth visiting: Hong Kong Observation Wheel, sky100 Hong Kong Observation Deck, and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

2. Visit the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for some wacky selfies

No matter where you are in the world, Madame Tussauds is a whimsical attraction to check out. It’s probably the closest thing to getting a picture with your favourite celebrity, minus the thrill of getting their signature. At Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, pose alongside international icons like Jackson Wang, Choi Siwon, Kendall Jenner, Bae Suzy, and Aaron Kwok. If you take the right angle enough, you might just be able to convince your friends that you met them in real life!

Also read: 12 Best South Korea-Inspired Places in Singapore

3. Travel to Central aboard the Star Ferry from Tsim Sha Tsui

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One of the best ways to soak in the best sights of the Hong Kong skyline is to get on the Star Ferry. You’ll be able to go on a tour of Victoria Harbour, as well as travel from Central to Tsim Sha Tsui. During your ride, prepare to sit back, relax, and take lots of pictures. You’re going to love the experience!

4. Enjoy the enchanting night view of Victoria Harbour

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Likewise, Victoria Harbour is just as beautiful at night. A simple boat ride is a great way to end the night on a peaceful note. 

Also read: Tokyo: Top 8 Night Views in Japan’s Metropolitan City to Light Up Your Trip!

5. Embark on an epic culinary adventure

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Hong Kong is a foodie’s paradise. There are no two ways about it. It’s impossible to visit a city like Hong Kong and walk the aroma-filled streets without stopping to munch on some of the many varieties of culinary goodness on offer. Naturally, going on a foodie tour is one of the most essential things to do in Hong Kong! 

From fancy feasts in Michelin-starred restaurants to more rustic meals in the dai pai dongs (open-air stalls) and cha chaan tengs (tea restaurants), you’re sure to find something that perfectly suits your taste buds. Heck, even the local fast food here will leave you shook! Speaking of which…

6. Sample a taste of Hong Kong Fast Food at Café de Coral or Fairwood

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While internationally renowned fast-food chains such as McDonald’s and KFC can easily be found in Hong Kong, it’s their local fast food that takes the cake; with Café de Coral and Fairwood being the top two main fast-food franchises in the city.

Open throughout the day, these two chains serve up delicious, wholesome meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even afternoon tea. Their set meals are especially yummy yet affordable choices for the traveller on a budget. Definitely check them out when you’re in town!

7. Stay at a budget hotel

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If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you’ll no doubt be aware that Hong Kong isn’t exactly known as a particularly “spacious” place. With so many people in the city, most locals put up with limited living spaces and that culture is, for better or worse, a part of the locale in Hong Kong’s tourism industry.

And given how expensive it can be to book a night at a fancy hotel, staying at a budget hotel may actually be a blessing in disguise. Sure, you won’t find as much luxury as you would in other hotels, but budget hotels are often located right in the heart of the city, in places such as Mong Kok and Tsim Sha Tsui! Not only are these a way to experience the life of the local people, but these also put you closer to many of the Hong Kong attractions.

Also read: 10 Affordable Airbnb Apartments & Vacation Rentals in Hong Kong for Budget Travellers

8. Explore the busy tourist district of Mong Kok

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On your next visit, it’s time to stop by one of the most famous Hong Kong tourist spots. Essentially, Mong Kok is a residential and commercial district with a crazy maze of alleyways that are worth an adventure. The moment you start to see the crowds, that’s where the fun begins! 

Many travellers love to come here to shop for one-of-a-kind items as well as indulge in street food to fill their bellies. In fact, many choose to spend the whole day getting lost in the markets and retail sprees in Langham Place. At night, wander around Sai Yeung Choi Street and get a taste of Hong Kong’s lively culture. 

9. Throng the various local markets in search of a bargain

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There are many popular street markets in Hong Kong, each with its own unique shopping experiences. Arguably, the most famous of these markets is the Ladies’ Market in the bustling Mong Kok area. You will find a wide spectrum of things to shop for, such as quirky souvenirs, imitations of branded fashion items, and whatever else seems to be in trend. You’ll also find large crowds and overenthusiastic, passive-aggressive shopkeepers ready to bargain with you.

Apart from the Ladies’ Market, other popular destinations are Temple Street Night Market, the Jade Market in Yau Ma Tei, and the Sham Shui Po Electronics Market.

Also read: From Tokyo to Istanbul, These Are the Public Markets Around the World That Deserve Your Attention

10. Go temple hopping

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Buddhism and Taoism are major religions in Hong Kong and that is reflected in the number of temples and monasteries you will find throughout the city. It would be a fun idea to go temple hopping and visit all the major temples such as Wong Tai Sin Temple and the Poh Lin Monastery in Ngong Ping.

Also read: 10 Breathtaking Temples in Southeast Asia You Might Not Know About

11. Visit the historical cauldron known as Kowloon City

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Ah, I love Kowloon City. I spent the better part of a year here while I was studying in Hong Kong. It is just one of those underrated gems that really deserve more love.

Just a 15-minute walk away from the Lok Fu MRT Station, Kowloon City represents an integral part of Hong Kong’s cultural history. Top attractions include the historical Kowloon Walled City Park and its vibrant food scene. Oh yes, Kowloon City is famous even amongst local foodies because of its many restaurants and eateries, some of which have been passed down for generations!

Check out this extended guide to Kowloon City for a chance to discover a part of Hong Kong that not many people know about!

Also read: Hong Kong Secrets: Exploring the City’s Lesser-Known Spots

12. Sweat it out in an e-sports stadium

Though a little unconventional, working out in an e-sports stadium is actually among the top things to do in Hong Kong! At AME Stadium, test the limits of your physical capabilities with a virtual experience like no other. Some of the sports offered include cycling, boxing, horse riding, skiing, and even rowing. Better yet, amp up the challenge by taking on both Hong Kong’s and international racing tracks, all in one day. We guarantee you’re going to work up a lot of sweat on your trip.   

13. Explore Ngong Ping Village

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Ngong Ping Village is one of the must-visit attractions in Hong Kong. It is home to the famous Big Buddha statue and Poh Lin Monastery! The journey to Ngong Ping itself is rather pleasant, as you may choose to board a glass-bottom cable car to get to the village.

Once there, enjoy the fresh air, beautiful natural scenery, and photogenic spots! Just be sure to start your day early as the queue for Ngong Ping can sometimes become ridiculously long. I once lined up for three hours just to get tickets, only to be notified that another two-hour wait was required to board the cable car. So, do plan ahead of time!

14. Hike up the Dragon’s Back for a refreshing break from city life

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For outdoor enthusiasts in the Pearl of the Orient, there are plenty of ways to surround yourselves with nature despite the city’s urban makeup. In the early mornings, go on a hike along Hong Kong’s top attractions, including Dragon’s Back, Violet Hill, and Lamma Island. Besides the fresh air, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most serene views on your trip. 

Also read: Hiking in Hong Kong: 8 Trails With the Most Picturesque Views

15. Explore the caves of Cape D’Aguilar

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Speaking of hiking, Cape D’Aguilar is one of the more underrated hiking destinations in Hong Kong. The hike takes about two hours and 30 minutes, and once you’ve reached the top, you’ll see why many travellers love this place. The views of Stanley Bay and Tai Tam Bay are phenomenal, and you can’t take your eyes off the miles of the blue sea. 

Once you’ve safely made your way down the hill, let us take you to the not-so-secret Instagram spots. Specifically, Thunder Cave and Crab Cave are two of the prettiest places you’ll ever see on your trip, with their artistic rock formations and views of the crashing waves in between the gaps. 

Other sightseeing points on the cape include the Cape D’Aguilar Lighthouse, Cape D’Aguilar Battery, and the Bones of Miss Willy. 

16. Admire the lovely scenery of the Outlying Islands

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On the note of stunning scenery, the Outlying Islands are truly a work of natural beauty. One of the most therapeutic things to do in Hong Kong is to hop aboard a ferry or boat and visit these little gems off the coast of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon. 

One particular location that stands out is Tung Ping Chau. This UNESCO Heritage Site is known for its photogenic landscapes and enigmatic rock formations that line the shore, making it well worth the trip. There, you can hike, climb, and even swim to your heart’s content, all while grabbing awe-inspiring pictures for your Instagram page.

But the best part about Tung Ping Chau? You can actually camp overnight and admire the starry sky! And once the day breaks, you’ll also be able to treat yourself to a whimsical sunrise too.

Also read: A Different Side of Hong Kong: Green Spaces, Idyllic Islands, and More!

17. Head to the beach for an awesome summer party

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Whether you’re looking to surf along the coasts or sip on cocktails, the beaches of Hong Kong are attractions you cannot miss out on! Other than islands, the city itself is abundant with gorgeous coastlines and deep blue seas. Shek O Beach and Stanley Beach are arguably the best Hong Kong tourist spots to enjoy your time under the sun. Oh, and you will be pleased to know that getting to these destinations only takes about 30 minutes!

Also read: 8 Secret Beaches in Asia You Probably Didn’t Know About

18. Experience life at an authentic fishing village in Tai-O

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For many travellers, Tai-O Village is one of the top Hong Kong attractions to add to your travel itinerary. After a day filled with the hustle and bustle of the city, the fishing village provides peace of mind. Start off your first visit by visiting the Tai O Market where you can try dried seafood and browse the rows of busy stalls. Next, head to Yeung Hau Temple to admire the architecture of Hong Kong’s declared monument. 

At sunset, take the scenic path of Fu Shan Viewing Point. Not only you’ll see the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, but you will also get unparalleled views of the South China Sea. 

19. Explore the beautiful peninsula of Sai Kung

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Besides Tai-O Village, there’s another destination to bask in the peaceful life of fishing villages. In Sai Kung, travellers are treated to laid-back restaurants, breezy beaches, and more scenic escapes. Not only that, but the peninsula has some of the top things to do in Hong Kong, namely watersports such as snorkelling, diving, and kayaking. 

After a full day of sightseeing, head into the town centre for fresh seafood and desserts. Top it off with an al fresco dining set-up for the full experience!  

20. Shop ‘til you drop at Hong Kong’s top malls!

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Hong Kong is world-famous as a shopper’s paradise and you certainly get a sense of that the moment you head out into the city. Ten-storey malls and shopping complexes are the norm; you will certainly find it difficult to resist the urge to buy something, or at least go window shopping.

Some of the most popular things to buy in Hong Kong are fashion items and cosmetics. But even if you’re looking to do your shopping away from the glitzy malls and expensive brands, you’ll certainly find your fair share of bargain deals.

For example, if you’re in the market for a new pair of sneakers, make sure to head over to Fa Yuen Street for some shoe-shopping therapy! With competitive prices and an almost uncountable number of stores, you’re more than likely going to return with a new pair of Jays.

Also read: 12 Shopping Destinations Around the World You Have to Visit in Your Lifetime!

21. Paint the town red with the vibrant nightlife in Lan Kwai Fong

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Other than Mong Kok, there’s another district that you have to check out at night. Lan Kwai Fong is home to a street full of bars, tantalising restaurants, and nightclubs. It’s the best spot to experience some of the top things to do in Hong Kong, particularly clubbing and drinking. 

Start your night with a legendary fusion dinner at top restaurants like Porterhouse Seafood & Steak or Roji. After that, it’s time to party! The best clubs to party till dawn include Dragon-i, Play, and Fly. On the other hand, you can go bar-hopping at these top drinking spots in Lan Kwai Fong: CÉ LA VI, Havana, and Brickhouse

22. Ride the Ding-Ding Trams and explore Central Hong Kong

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One of the best parts about travelling in Hong Kong is getting on a “Ding-Ding” tram. It’s the city’s oldest form of public transport and it’s perfect for days when you don’t feel like walking around. On your next ride, sit on the top deck and watch the city pass by. You might even get a chance to spot something you wouldn’t otherwise see if you’re travelling on foot!

Pro tip: Avoid taking the tram during rush hours because they get full pretty fast! 

23. Enjoy a drink at the highest bar in the world

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Can’t get enough of the city vibes? Then one of the most satisfying things to do in Hong Kong is to admire the city skyline at night whilst enjoying a lovely cocktail at OZONE, the world’s highest bar! 

OZONE is located on the 118th floor of the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in West Kowloon and is part of the famous Ritz Carlton Hotel. It is where you will get to enjoy some of the finest selections of wines and cocktails in the city. But more than that, it also offers patrons an unobstructed view of the harbour, West Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island!

Apart from the view and the drinks, OZONE is also a popular spot for Sunday brunch, serving scrumptious meals that include oysters, lobsters, and even wagyu beef.

Also read: 10 Restaurants in Kuala Lumpur to Enjoy Stunning Views From the Top

24. Have fun at Ocean Park

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Most people will tell you that you simply must visit Hong Kong Disneyland when you’re in the city. But let’s not forget that Ocean Park is worth a visit as well, and here’s why.

You get the usual theme park rides, carnival games, and jovial atmosphere at Ocean Park, but with the added attractions of an aquarium and the chance to meet various animals such as pandas and dolphins. If you’re travelling with children, I highly recommend this for an overall enjoyable day. 

Also read: A Guide to the Best Theme Parks Around the World Worth Travelling For

25. Stroll through Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens

The Hong Kong Zoological & Botanical Gardens form one of Hong Kong’s most historic attractions, let alone the oldest in the world. If you’ve woken up a little too early and don’t know where to go, just come here! Besides the world’s largest collection of red-cheeked gibbons, parkgoers can encounter mammals, majestic birds, and reptiles. 

Afterwards, go to the Botanical Gardens for a refreshing stroll in the flower gardens. Each garden is dedicated to a particular plant, and is actually designed that way! For example, at the Bamboo Garden, you’ll notice that the entrance gate is made with replicas of bamboo barks. 

26. Fall in love with modern architecture in the M+ museum

Whether you’re an art lover or not, one of the best things to do in Hong Kong is to explore the vibrant art scene. If you ever find yourself in West Kowloon Cultural District, stop by M+. The art museum is one of the most recent Hong Kong attractions and hosts some of the best art collections in the city. There are numerous ongoing and special exhibitions that showcase works of architecture, various art pieces, and sculptures. With all of the beautiful pieces before your eyes, you might find yourself falling down a rabbit hole of modern creativity. 

Also read: 10 Best Art Museums and Galleries to Visit in Singapore

27. Immerse yourself in arts and culture in the former Central Police Station

Likewise, Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts is another one of the underrated Hong Kong tourist spots to get lost in. In the past, it served as the Central Police Station. But in 2018, it reopened to the public as a contemporary art museum. 

Unlike M+, Tai Kwun focuses more on commissioning local artists’ works. What’s more, their programs also showcase Hong Kong’s growing performing arts scene in the form of eye-opening workshops and whimsical circus performances. We hope you’ll be able to catch a show because they’re truly amazing!

28. Dive into the world of astronomy at Hong Kong Space Museum

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Another museum that’s worth checking out on your next trip is the Hong Kong Space Museum. Inside this science museum in Tsim Sha Tsui, visitors get to learn about astronomy in a group of immersive exhibitions and explore the inside of a planetarium. Afterwards, catch a film show about the world or join a projector stargazing session in the Space Theatre

29. Watch horseracing at Happy Valley

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Meanwhile, Happy Valley is a more affluent neighbourhood in Hong Kong. The area is most famous for horse racing, which usually takes place at Happy Valley Racecourse. In fact, many tourists and locals flock here for a taste of these competitive shows and dabble in trackside parties for front-row views. 

Not a fan of horse racing? Don’t worry — there are plenty of bougie cafes and restaurants for you to check out when you want to pretend to be a crazy rich Asian. (*Wink.*) 

30. Stroll along the Avenue of Stars

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For film enthusiasts, you’d know that Hong Kong cinema is culturally significant in the film industry. Thus, one of the top things to do is to go on a stroll along the Avenue of Stars. The seaside promenade in Tsim Sha Tsui features the plaques and handprints of huge Hong Kong film stars, including Jet Li, Stephen Chow, and Jackie Chan. 

On your next visit, take a selfie with Bruce Lee’s bronze sculpture and admire the red plaques that line the promenade. At night, watch the Symphony of Lights show burst through Victoria Harbour in a glittering performance of sound and light. Trust me, you’d never want to miss this!

Also read: 37 Must-Buy Hong Kong Souvenirs to Bring Home

There’s yet more to discover

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To be honest, this list covers only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to things to do in Hong Kong. The city is such a maze that you might even stumble into a nice little cafe or eatery by accident. Look up while walking the streets, because many shops are hidden away on the second or third floor of buildings in the city. In fact, a friend of mine once brought me into a secret anime-themed arcade, and for the life of me, I can’t even remember how we got there (lots of passageways and a random elevator in an apartment building).

So the only true way to see Hong Kong is to go to Hong Kong! What’re you waiting for? Plan your visit now! Psst, having lived in Hong Kong, I can tell you now that the weather in the early months of the year is amazing, especially if you’re planning on going to Ngong Ping or hiking. 

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Darren Yeoh
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Darren enjoys the finer things in life and loves exploring unfamiliar places on foot, guided with nothing but instinct and a good-old fashioned map. He enjoys cultural experiences and exciting adventures and is not a stranger to travelling alone. When he's not putting his travel experiences into words, he's probably sitting behind his laptop, planning his upcoming adventure.

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